The Wild Wild West (1969)

Season 2 Episode 18

The Night of the Gypsy Peril

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Aired Friday 7:30 PM Jan 20, 1967 on CBS
6.7
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The Night of the Gypsy Peril
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West and Gordon are escorting the Sultan of Ramapur and his gift to the President, a sacred white elephant. Bandits intercept the train and steal the elephant, and the Sultan demands one million dollars in recompense. West follows the trail to a gypsy camp but it soon turns out not everything is what it seems.moreless

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  • Uninspired villain = weak episode

    6.0
    "The Wild Wild West" was at its best with bigger-than-life villains with out-of-this-world schemes. Dr. Loveless is the quintessential example, a bad guy who would be just as at home fighting James Bond as he would James West. So, when a villain and his scheme are run of the mill, it makes for a weak show. Just like the foppish Count Manzeppi, the Sultan of Rampour in "Night of the Gypsy Peril" inspires no physical menace and his scheme (extortion) is relatively small potatoes.



    The other flaw in this episode is that it feels like two incomplete ideas merged uncomfortably together to create a whole episode. The gypsy camp and sultan stories never really gel, and the whole show feels labored. Definitely a low-point of Season 2.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Gadgets: "shocking" wallet, sleeve knife, flare gun in sleeve knife handle

    • Disguises: Zumo the traveling peddler

    • When Jim and Artie escape the gypsies, Jim leaps onto a horse. On a wagon in the background, two gypsy men are ushering a gypsy woman into a wagon. However, a second or two later when the camera cuts back, the woman and the two men have totally disappeared from the wagon.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Artie: I wonder what it would cost to furnish our place like that?
      Jim: Artie, it's not the cost, it's the upkeep.

    • Artie: You're know, you're lucky you're sacred because you've got no talent at all.

    • Scullen: (seeing Akbar the white elephant) What is it?
      Jim: It's a big dog with a long nose.
      Scullen: Is that so? Well, from the color of it, I would have thought it was one of those hairless polar bears.

    • Artie: Where's Akbar?
      Jim: I'm going after him right now.
      Artie: Oh, you are, eh?
      Jim: That's right.
      Artie: Which leaves me of course to handle the really dirty end of the job, doesn't it?
      Jim: What are you talking about?
      Artie: It's facing his chubby highness when he comes to.
      Jim: Old friend, I can tell you this one thing. I'm so very very glad it's you and not me.

    • Mikolic: My queen, the circus is going bad. Let us get away from here, run away together.
      Zoe: Things are not that bad yet.

    • Jim: Next you're going to tell me to drop the knife, right?
      Scullen: Oh, you're a mind reader too, eh?
      Jim: If you had a mind to read.

    • Artie: How'd you like my coyote?
      Jim: That was a coyote?
      Artie: I had three answering calls from females proposing marriage.

    • Zoe: But unfortunately we have no job openings. We're a very small outfit. If we were any smaller, we'd be a flea circus.

    • Zoe: I am Zoe Zagora, queen of the Zagora Gypsy Circus. Sorceress, seeress, infallible reader of cards and tea leaves… and bail bond expert.

    • Mikolic: I give you one final chance to leave us. Everyone will know you are a coward, but at least you will have saved your life.
      Jim: Whenever I go to the theater, I like to stay for a full performance. I naturally want to know how it ends.
      Mikolic: It ends with a knife.

    • Artie: Oh, by the way, how you getting along with the gypsies?
      Jim: Oh, fine, I'm learning a lot. Here's your wallet, here's your watch.

    • Jim: Zoe, you must listen to me.
      Zoe: From you, I want to know only one thing: how could you prefer an elephant to me?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Commercial breaks: ur: Jim at gunpoint by bandits. ul: Jim at gunpoint by Zoe, lr: Artie at knifepoint by Mikolik, ll: the Wanderer departs

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